Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Marine Corps Veteran Dwright Fowler Davis, who is an advocate and entrepreneur. He served from 1998 to 2002.
Dwright Fowler-Davis enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1998 and served as a paratrooper and parachute rigger until he left the service in 2002. During that time, he was stationed with the 1st Air Delivery Platoon in Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he enjoyed training with Navy SEALs, Marine Force Reconnaissance, Army Rangers and Army Parachute Riggers.
Fowler-Davis broke his back on a parachuting landing in 2000 but recovered to complete his enlistment. The pain he said he endured prepared him for life—and hardship—after service. He has experienced homelessness, divorce, self-doubt, multiple failed business ventures, professional setbacks and service-related disabilities.
He believes he is stronger from these experiences. Today, he has two master’s degrees in education therapy, and is pursuing a doctorate in advanced clinical skills. He is also the co-owner of a UPS Store in Philadelphia and a franchisee of two JDog Junk Removal & Hauling locations in Delaware.
Fowler-Davis earned the Parachute Rigger Badge in 1998, Navy/Marine Corps Parachute Badge in 1999, and also earned a Good Conduct Medal and a Navy Unit Commendation in 2001 (a unit commendation he received for joint operations after 9/11). He is married to Joy Fowler-Davis, an Army National Guard Veteran.
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